Franti serenades Jackson Hole tram

By Jim Stanford on March 30, 2014

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Before performing a free concert last night at Teton Village, Michael Franti played an intimate set aboard the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort aerial tram.

Franti and guitarist J. Boogie strummed two acoustic songs as they rode partway up and down Rendezvous Mountain. About 50 lucky riders enjoyed the show, which the resort announced via Twitter.

On the way up, Franti sang “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like),” from his latest album, All People. The resort used the song in a promotional video this winter. On the way down, Franti invited riders to join him on a new song he’s working on, “Smile All Over Again.”

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Jackson Hole to offer day of free skiing

By Jim Stanford on November 26, 2013

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Tram worker Mark Hannon captured this image on Oct. 29, when Jackson Hole Mountain Resort already was looking pretty wintry. Click to enlarge.

After sweeping up accolades from national publications, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will give back to the community with a Free Ski Day on Friday.

Yes, free skiing and snowboarding at the Teton Village resort.

Teewinot, Apres Vous, Casper and Marmot chairs will be running. Guests are asked to make a donation of $1 or more, which will be given to Teton Adaptive Sports and Friends of Pathways. The resort will match donations up to $5,000.

The START bus will run to the village for free, parking in the Ranch Lot is free, there will be free clinics for adults and kids, and various eateries will offer $1 food and beverages. Jackson Hole Sports will wax boards for $1.

The promotion hearkens back to the time, as late as the 1990s, when the resort used to offer a nonprofit benefit day at the start of each season.

Enjoy the free amenities while you can. The price of a single-day lift ticket will be as high as $117 this winter.

(Photo via JHMR)


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Lower Valley can’t give away free money

By Jim Stanford on June 11, 2013

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Transmission lines from a coal-powered plant in southern Wyoming. Jim Stanford photo

Electric rates are rising, but many customers are missing out on refunds.

Nearly 5,000 people and businesses have refunds coming to them from Lower Valley Energy, but the cooperative cannot send checks because of incorrect addresses.

Some customers have changed P.O. boxes, some are deceased, and some have moved away. But a quick glance at this list reveals a who’s who of Jackson Hole neighbors and friends.

The amounts range from just a few dollars to thousands, totaling more than $1 million. The old Dirty Jack’s Theatre, for instance, has $729 to claim. One of my former housemates — to whom I paid a share of the electric bill! — has $147 coming.

The refunds are for unclaimed patronage capital. Lower Valley explains:

Because Lower Valley Energy is a cooperative, owned by its members, it does not technically earn profits. Instead, any revenues over and above the cost of doing business are considered margins. These margins represent an interest-free loan of operating capital by the membership to the cooperative. This capital allows Lower Valley Energy to finance operations and to a certain [extent] construction, with the intent that this capital will be repaid to you in later years.

Other names that stood out from a brief scan include Big O Tires ($195) and an entity identified as “Western Wyo Pizza Hu” — likely Pizza Hut — owed $4,290. (Maybe someone informing them can claim a free rotation or pie next visit?)

Thanks to Teton Barber Shop for publicizing the list.


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drunk texter flips car on Kelly Avenue

By Jim Stanford on November 29, 2012

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Scene of Monday’s crash. The driver told witnesses he had been texting.

Early Monday night, residents in the vicinity of Kelly and Willow heard a crash. One woman said it sounded like a truck had run into the side of her house.

A driver had smashed a parked car on Kelly and flipped his Subaru. The man and his dog were unhurt, according to witnesses who came outside to investigate. The man told them he didn’t know what happened because he had been texting.

Authorities arrived, and the man appeared to fail field sobriety tests. He likely ran the stop sign at Willow to be driving fast enough to flip his car. A tow truck had to turn the car back over to remove it, which was quite a production.

This looks like the second bizarre incident of driving while intoxicated on this block of Kelly Avenue this year. Back in April, a woman zonked on prescription medication went on a crazy rampage, sideswiping cars, taking out a stop sign and driving on lawns before finally coming to rest in May Park.

Thanks to the newshounds at the Triple Deuce for being on the scene.

The old adage seems to apply here: Never break more than one law at a time.


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Wyoming bill would legalize hitchhiking

By Jim Stanford on November 26, 2012

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Thumbing it has long been a part of Western life.

In a move that will warm the hearts of Capt. Bob Morris and backcountry skiers, a state legislator from Teton County is working on a bill to legalize hitchhiking in Wyoming.

Sen. Leland Christensen, R-Alta, will seek to remove from the law a prohibition on soliciting rides, according to the News&Guide. The paper reported:

” ‘It’s a law on the books that doesn’t make sense, especially in these economic times,’ said Christensen, who remembers when his father used to hitch rides home when the family would visit his grandparents.”

Christensen’s view is reinforced by a recent New York Times op-ed, titled “Hitchhiking’s Time Has Come Again,” which argues that the dangers of soliciting rides have been overblown and even fabricated to dissuade people from the once-widespread practice.

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